West Ham are ‘clearly missing’ Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma and could keep losing until they sign players in January according to Mark Lawrenson.

The Hammers have lost four of their last five games and have won just once in eight as their poor form has seen them slip out of the top four in the Premier League.

That has coincided with a set of injuries including their first-choice centre-backs and BBC Sport’s Lawrenson believes it could continue to get worse until they have the opportunity to replace them in January.

Writing in his BBC Sport predictions column, Lawrenson revealed that he expects the Hammers to suffer yet another defeat at Vicarage Road.

“This is the first time Watford have played since 10 December while West Ham have had four games since then, and not won any of them,” he said.

“The Hornets have been hampered by being unable to train properly because of a Covid outbreak at the club but they will be rested and ready for this one.

The Hammers seem to be playing every other day, and they have been losing a lot of the time.

“They are clearly missing injured duo Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma at the back and it might be that their poor run continues until they can bring in more numbers in January.

“Lawro’s predictionWatford 2-1 West Ham

Possible

West Ham losing to Watford wouldn’t be the most shocking thing in the world if we’re all being honest, but it certainly wouldn’t be a good thing.

With so much ground lost already, another defeat is the last thing they need.

David Moyes must find a way to stem the flow of bad results, and without Declan Rice, for this fixture too due to suspension it might be even harder to do.

But Michail Antonio is back amongst the goals, so that’s a positive against a leaky Hornets defence.

At this moment in time, the level of performance isn’t really the most important thing, it’s purely about results.

Performance levels can be forgiven due to fixture congestion and injuries but if they can find a way to grind out a win then it would do wonders for their morale going into the new year.

In other West Ham news, four changes expected with ‘poor’ ace to be dropped in predicted West Ham XI vs Watford.

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